Date: 10/5/17 2:35 pm From: Ron Klataske <prairie...> Subject: Nature Appreciation Tour on Property south of Junction City Sunday afternoon
To: Birders, Nature Enthusiasts and Folks attending this weekends KOS Meeting
Please find below a Sunday afternoon opportunity to extend your outdoor experiences following the KOS meeting in Junction City. This release includes an invitation from Gary and Carolyn Haden to tour their property south of Junction City and east of Highway 77 in Morris County. A BBQ sandwich lunch is available for folks who arrive around 1 p.m. Others can come just to enjoy the camaraderie, join in the guided tour, or hike the 3/4 mile long walking/nature tail within the timber along Clarks Creek that Gary has created. More details are available on request. --Ron
Manhattan--Audubon of Kansas (AOK) leaders have scheduled a second farm tour to highlight "wildlife friendly" practices available through USDA assistance programs, and to highlight an AOK initiative designed to make it possible for some landowners to preserve the ecological values of their property in perpetuity.
The "open house" gathering will be held on farmland owned by Gary and Carolyn Haden of Manhattan from 1 to 5 p.m. on Sunday, October 8. It will include lunch, followed by presentations and discussions, and walking tours on trails for those who want to see the property. AOK is working with the Hadens to develop a wildlife-friendly farm on their two properties located along Clarks Creek west and southwest of Latimer, Kansas, in western Morris County. Some of the Hadens' 285 acres have been in Carolyn (Kendall) Haden's family since 1858.
Anyone interested in learning more about the endowment program or in learning about creating wildlife-friendly features or general conservation practices is encouraged to attend the field demonstration event at the Hadens. Their properties include CRP plots and quail buffer strips and a pond where the cattle have been excluded in order to improve the water quality of the pond itself and of Clarks Creek. Their land also includes an 11-acre prairie that has never been plowed and a native rangeland pasture of nearly 100 acres that is grazed. The field day at the Hadens' property will commence with lunch at 1 p.m. on Sunday, October 8th. Those wishing to be guaranteed a lunch should RSVP by Thursday, October 5. Tours will take place between 2 and 4 p.m. The smoked pork lunches will be sponsored by three Kansas native grass and forb seed companies: F*eyh Farm Seed, *Alma*; Sharp Bros. Seed, *Healy;and* Star Seed*, Osborne. Attendees are encouraged to bring a lawn chair for lunch and presentations, and shoes suitable for trail walking are recommended. AOK trustees and staff will be present until 5 p.m. at both locations to accommodate late arrivals. Attendees will have an opportunity to view six different filters strips at two different stages of maturity. The effects of no burning and early and late burning can also be observed. There will also be the opportunity to view the watering system developed to keep cattle out of their pond. Those interested can walk the nature trail independently or with a guide. Individuals should begin their visit at the Hadens' property alongside Highway 4 (2876 <https://maps.google.com/?q=Highway+4+(2876&entry=gmail&source=g> West KS Hwy 4). The property is three miles southwest of Latimer for those traveling west on Highway 4 or six miles east of the junction of Highways 77 and 4 for those traveling east on Highway 4. "We are excited about the prospect of our property being maintained in its current state in perpetuity through AOK's developing program," Gary Haden said. "We would like to know that in the future visitors will be able to enjoy the massive bur oaks that may have been growing since the Civil War," he said. -- Ron Klataske Executive Director Audubon of Kansas 210 Southwind Place Manhattan KS 66503 785-537-4385 <prairie...>